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                                 Next Steps…

•   Establish a budget
•   Obtain financing if necessary
•   Determine if you want to use a designer
•   If you do, begin looking for a design/build
    contractor or a designer and contractor separately
                       Next Steps, cont’d.

•   Make as many design choices as possible
    (granite or tile countertops, hardwood floors
    or vinyl, etc.)
    • This will be important in determining the actual
      cost of your project
•   Obtain completed “plans” or drawings
•   Select a contractor
            How do I find A Contractor?

Ask friends and neighbors
  •   Who did they use for their project?
  •   Were they happy with the outcome and process?
  •   Would they hire that contractor again?

Consult professional organizations:
  • NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling
    Industry) or
  • NAHB (National Association of Home Builders)
   What Things Should I Look For?

Check license and insurance status
  • Contact the Contractors State License Board
  • Does the contractor have a license in good
  • Does the contractor have current Workers’
    Compensation Insurance?
  • Does the contractor have Liability Insurance?
    How Do I Select The Right One?

•   Make appointments to interview
    potential contractors. Look for:
     • A professional
     • Someone you can TRUST with your home and family
     • A personality with which you are comfortable
     • Someone with experience
     • A certified, licensed professional that is affiliated with
       national trade organizations
     • A company that trains and monitors their employees

         Would you want to
         spend a few months
            with this guy?
                            Questions to Ask

•Prepare standard set of questions to ask each
   •How long have you been a contractor?
   •Are you licensed?
   •How many projects like mine have you done?
   •What kind of insurance do you carry?
   •Who will actually do the work?
                          Questions, cont’d.

•   May I have a list of references from your recent
•   Do you have any industry certifications?
•   Have you won any awards for your work?
•   How will I know the cost of the project?
•   What are your regular work hours?
•   Will we sign a contract for the scope of work?
•   What if I make changes after the project begins?
Watch out for these danger
                             Danger Signs

The lowest bid – If a contractor’s bid is
 very low it could signal:
  • Proper insurance is not maintained
  • The contractor is desperate for your business
    which could be an indicator of work quality and
  • The contractor does not run a business that has
    staying power – warranties will be useless
                  Danger Signs, cont’d.

No proof of insurance
Ø You could be liable for injuries on the job.
  Ask if the contractor has:
  • Liability insurance
     • Property Damage
     • Personal Liability
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
               Danger Signs, cont’d.

“You don’t need a permit”

 • Be suspicious of any contractor that wants to do
   business illegally
 • This could indicate that the contractor does not
   want his work inspected
                 Danger Signs, cont’d.

“I don’t take checks”

 ØThis could mean the contractor’s credit is
  questionable and subcontractors and suppliers may
  not get paid
 ØThere is no payment record when paying with cash
                    Danger Signs, cont’d.

No written contract
 • Insist on a contract
Poorly written or unprofessional
 looking contract
 • Don’t accept a contract with no address, phone number
   and/or license number
 • Be suspicious of contractor’s professionalism if contract
   is handwritten or unclear
       What Makes A Good Contract?
•   Company name, address, phone number and
    license number
•   Clear and complete description of work
•   Well stated payment schedule corresponding with
    benchmarks of completed work
•   Clear commencement and completion dates
•   Specific description of materials to be used
•   Description of deposit:
    • The deposit (in the State of California) can be 10% of
      the contract total or $1,000 whichever is less
      Thanks for Coming

What questions can I answer for
Daniel Mackey Construction Incorporated

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